Do you fancy trying your hand at spoon carving?

Why not spend a day adding to your kitchen utensil collection by working with a carving axe to split a log then safely ‘rough out’ the blank that you then carve into your finished spoon?

Taking place at the national park’s Sill Discovery Centre near Hadrian’s Wall, the bespoke wooden spoon carving sessions are the mastermind of Stocksfield-based tutor Steve Ridd from Northern Wood Monkey, who specialises in hand-made wooden spoons, bowls and birds.

You’ll learn safe axe and knife skills in a comfortable environment. You don’t have to be a master craftsman either as no previous woodworking experience is necessary. Even those with some knowledge of working with wood should still find fresh challenges in the hand-carved spoon.

The joy of spoon carving is that you don’t need expensive tools, workshops or workbenches just your hands a few simple tools and patience.

Participants will also develop skills they can take away and be able to carve at home – what better way to spend an evening sat outside in the warm summer or in front of the fire in the chilly winter?

Steve Ridd’s expert industry knowledge and experience will concentrate on teaching safe grips and cutting techniques with both a straight and bent (hook) knife which are the two used to make the spoon.

However, the sessions are open to over 18’s only, due to the nature of tools used.

The spoon carving course takes place at the Sill Discovery Centre on Sunday, January 13 at 10am and 1pm. Tickets are available at